Los Angeles Destination Guide

Whether it’s iconic Hollywood glamour or the freshest contemporary trends, Los Angeles has it on tap. From the exhibitions not to miss at LA’s leading galleries to exclusive seats at the city’s most coveted concerts and thrilling seasonal entertainment, our pick of the hottest tickets in town guarantees an up-to-the-minute experience of the City of Angels.

Summer, 2019

Summer Shopping at Century City Westfield

Westfield Century City is a shopping mall that stands proudly in the heart of the affluent Century City square mile. Make the most of its chic outdoor restaurants and open-air layout during the summer months, while browsing more than 200 high-end, contemporary and international designer stores and three anchor department stores.

Century City Westfield, 10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles CA 90067
westfield.com/centurycity
+1 310 277 3898
Image © Westfield Century City

August, 2019

Summer Concerts at The Grove

The free summer concert series at The Grove features performances from international talent as well as emerging stars. Set against the backdrop of the mall and next to the Farmers Market, the outdoor concerts are held under the warm, star-studded summer skies.

August, 2019
189 The Grove Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90036
thegrovela.com
+1 323 900 8080
Image © Caruso

Select Fridays through November

Jazz Evenings at LACMA

Bring a picnic and roll out a blanket on LACMA’s front lawn on select Friday nights in summer. The museum hosts jazz concerts headlined by the finest musicians in town, with legends such as Kenny Burrell, Billy Childs, John Clayton, Janis Mann, and Barbara Morrison having wowed audiences in the past.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, 90036
+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © iStock_FredFroese

Until September 1, 2019

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power 1963 – 1983

A highly charged exhibition that collates over 150 works by more than 60 artists, Soul of a Nation is a vivid analysis of American culture during a period of political upheaval and social unrest. Key influencers from the art collectives that dominated the underground scene are featured alongside documentary photography and posters to contextualise this highly engaging movement.

The Broad, 221 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 232 6200
thebroad.org
Image © Barbara Jones-Hogu Unite (First State) 1971

August 21 – 22, 2019

Jurassic Park in Concert

The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra dazzles with John Williams’ hair-raising score from hit Hollywood blockbuster Jurassic Park. Stunning visuals and knock-out special effects accompany the performance, held at the city’s iconic concert stadium the Hollywood Bowl.

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N. Highland Ave
Los Angeles, 90068
+1 323 850 2000
hollywoodbowl.com
Image © The Hollywood Bowl

Until September 15, 2019

Reading between the Lines: Drawing Illustrations

Much more than mere marks on a page, illustrations conjure rich interpretations to make sense of reality. Exploring the importance of illustration before tech came to the fore, The Getty Center corrals some of its collection’s most intricate and beautiful 18th and 19th-century hand-wrought pieces to demonstrate their importance in art history.

The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu
Image © The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Through September, 2019

Los Angeles Times: The Taste

An annual celebration of South California’s culinary scene, the Los Angeles Times-sponsored The Taste marks the end of summer with a gastronomic crescendo of celebrity chef demonstrations, foodie events and tastings. The weekend event pays due tribute to the state’s generous contribution to global cuisine.

Paramount Pictures Studios, 5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood 90038
events.latimes.com/taste
+1 800 528 4637
Image © iStock_Aleksandr_Vorobev

Until October 27, 2019

After Vesuvius: Treasures from the Villa dei Papiri

Immortalised by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79, The Villa dei Papiri at Herculaneum, on which the Getty Villa was based on, has provided some extraordinary artefacts from the Roman world. After Vesuvius concentrates on nearly a thousand papyrus scrolls that were discovered, and attempts to unroll and read them—all supported by mosaics, sculptures and frescoes.

Getty Villa, 17985 Pacific Coast Hwy
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
getty.edu
+1 310 440-7300
Image © iStock_khd86

September 14 – October 6, 2019

La Bohème

A highlight to launch the autumn season, La Bohème returns with a dazzling LA Opera production. Set against a romantic Parisian backdrop, a tale of love won and then tragically lost is told through Puccini’s timeless melodies. La Bohème ranks among the most performed operas in the world, and this skilled production rivals the best of them.

The Los Angeles Music Center
135 N. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles 90012
laopera.org
+1 213 972 8001
Image © LA Opera

September 22 – November 2, 2019

Halloween Horror Nights

Fans of cult Halloween classics and slasher movies should head to Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood, where iconic film and televisions scenes are brought to life by the major motion picture studios. Haunted mazes, scare zones, and a Terror Tram experience on the Universal Backlot await. Enter at your peril.

Universal Studios Hollywood, 100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91608
universalstudioshollywood.com
+1 800 864 8377
Image © iStock_urbazon

Until January 5, 2019

In Focus: The Camera

Since its invention in the early 19th century, the camera has come a long way. Examining just how far, In Focus: The Camera brings together photographs and historic camera equipment from the Getty Museum’s permanent collection. Focal points include flexible film stocks, built-in light meters, motor drives, and megapixels.

The Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, 90049
+1 310 440 7300
getty.edu 
Image © Estate of Lisette Model, courtesy of Baudoin Lebon Kaitelman

Until November 10, 2019

Mary Corse: A Survey in Light

Angling the spotlight at American modernist Mary Corse, this exhibition corrals a broad scale of works, from Corse’s early shaped canvases and freestanding sculptures to her breakthrough White Light paintings. Emerging in the 1960s, the abstract visionary is one of the few females associated with the West Coast’s Light and Space movement.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © Mary Corse_Flying Studio

September 2, 2019 – January 20, 2020

Nineteen Nineteen

Inaugurating The Huntington’s centennial celebrations—it has been 100 years since the Huntingtons transformed their property into a public institution—Nineteen Nineteen honours the beloved local institution. More than 250 objects dating back to 1919 are presented, from rare books, German Revolution posters, and suffragist pamphlets to photographs of Halley’s Comet, diary entries, and postcards.

The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Road, San Marino, CA 91108
huntington.org
+1 626 405 2100
Image © The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens

September 22, 2019 – April 5, 2020

Betye Saar: Call and Response

This retrospective is the first complete survey of Betye Saar’s creative career at a Californian museum, and the first anywhere to aim the spotlight on her sketchbooks. Born in 1926, issues of gender, race and spirituality charge her drawings. Saar is one of the most talented artists of her generation, and, as this show demonstrates, she’s not as widely celebrated as her skills merit.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
lacma.org
+1 323 857 6000
Image © The artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, California

October 11 and 13, 2019

The Who: Moving On!

Legendary rock band The Who bring their Moving On! North American tour to Los Angeles this October. A rare opportunity for fans to see the musicians live, attendees will be rewarded with classic hits including My Generation and Behind Blue Eyes. A live orchestra backs up the band for two animated evenings at the Hollywood Bowl.

Hollywood Bowl, 2301 N Highland Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90068
+1 323 850 2000
hollywoodbowl.com
Image © Los Angeles Philharmonic Associations

October 12 – 20, 2019

The Light in the Piazza

A ravishing Broadway musical starring Renée Fleming and Dove Cameron, see what unfolds when a fateful gust of wind carries lead protagonist Clara’s hat into the hand of a stranger. Set in Florence during the summer of 1953, there’s romance, twists and turns throughout. Adam Guettel’s charming production has won six Tony Awards, including Best Original Score and Best Orchestration.

LA Opera, The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
135 N. Grand Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 972 8001

laopera.org
Image © LA Opera

October 19, 2019 – February 16, 2020

Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again

Initiated by the Broad, this exhibition shines the spotlight on Iranian visual artist Shirin Neshat. From her recent video work, which includes a film featuring Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman, to her compelling portfolio of portraiture and photography, Shirin Neshat: I Will Greet the Sun Again explores 25 years of Neshat’s impassioned career.

The Broad, 21 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012

+1 213 232 6250
thebroad.org
Image © Shirin Neshat/courtesy of the artist

October 27, 2019 – May 11, 2020

With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985

Fashioned by 50 American artists, a dizzying curation of mixed media works covering the years from 1972 to 1985 fill the display cases at this eclectic exhibition. With Pleasure: Pattern and Decoration in American Art 1972–1985 is the first large-scale review of a boundary-pushing American art movement.

MOCA, 250 South Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
+1 213 626 6222
moca.org
Image © MOCA/gift of Paula and Allan Rudnick

October, 2019

Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch

Halloween in the US means fun for the whole family, and Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch guarantees a super-size experience of the spooky festival. Pony rides, ghoulish face-painting and exploring the thematic Tipi and Pumpkin Villages will keep any mini monsters entertained—in addition to a maze made from hay bales, inflatable slides and giant rocking horses.

Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch, 10100 Jefferson Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

+1 310 276 9827
mrbonespumpkinpatch.com
Image © Mr Bones Pumpkin Patch

October, 2019 – April, 2020

Los Angeles Clippers 2019-2020 Season

One of two professional basketball teams in Los Angeles, the LA Clippers’ latest season will kick off at the end of October. Based in the Staples Center, the team maintain a friendly rivalry with the LA Lakers, with whom they share the stadium. Attendees can look forward to an electric atmosphere on the court and in the stands.

Staples Center, 1111 S Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

+1 213 204 2900
nba.com/clippers
Image © iStock/Moses Kinna

November 5 – December 8, 2019

Macbeth

Known for his appearances in Game of Thrones, Black Hawk Down and The Other Woman, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau stars as the ruthless lead in this harrowing production of Shakespeare’s enduring tragedy. When three witches tell Macbeth that he is destined to be king, the Scottish general takes matters into his own hands. Another Game of Thrones alumnus, Matt Shakman directs.

Geffen Playhouse, 10886 Le Conte Ave
Los Angeles, 90024

+1 310 208 5454
geffenplayhouse.org
Image © Geffen Playhouse

November 14 – 21, 2019

AFI Fest 2019

Sponsored by the American Film Institute, the annual AFI Fest is a celebration of the brightest talent in American cinema. The week-long program comprises exclusive screenings, red carpet galas, expert talks, after-parties and myriad other special events that are free to the public and well-attended by the darlings of Hollywood.

Various location across Los Angeles
+1 866 234 3378
afi.com
Image © AFI/Randall Michelson

November 16 – December 15, 2019

The Magic Flute

This dazzling Belle Époque-inspired production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute stands out for its ingenious surrealist edge. One of the composer’s final works, the two-act opera includes the dramatic Queen of the Night aria, performed with spectacular flair by LA Opera’s cast.

LA Opera, 135 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, 90012

+1 213 972 8001
laopera.org
Image © LA Opera

November 10, 2019 – October 25, 2020

Do Ho Suh: 348 West 22nd Street

Do Ho Suh’s full-size reconstructions of his previous homes in South Korea, Rhode Island, Berlin, London and New York are all cast from fabric, polyester and steel. Suh’s 348 West 22nd Street is a polyester replica of his ground-floor residence in New York, and those who enter are invited to explore the ghost of his previous address.

LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, 90036

+1 323 857 6000
lacma.org
Image © iStock/Deberarr

November 22 – December 1, 2019

Los Angeles Auto Show

The first major car show of the season, the Los Angeles Auto Show pulls into town with ten days of high-octane engines and roaring horse power. Open to the public, it’s the country’s largest car market, with big players such as Jaguar, Alfa Romeo, BMW and Mercedes-Benz unveiling their latest models to browse and buy.

Los Angeles Convention Center
+1 310 444 1850
laautoshow.com
Image © LA Auto Show

November 16 – December 22, 2019

Bold Holidays at Rodeo Drive

A two-mile strip of luxury labels and fashion boutiques cutting through the heart of Beverly Hills, Rodeo Drive celebrates the arrival of the festive season with Bold Holidays. High-profile couturiers including Alexander McQueen, Chanel and Burberry remain open for late-night shopping – much to the thrill of the city’s style mavens.

Rodeo Dr, Beverly Hills, 90212
rodeodrive-bh.com
Image © iStock/gregobagel